John 2:13-17; Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

Give God Time Devotional.

(BY John Dunning)

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

‘El Shaddai …’ (composed and sung by Michael Card)

A Word in your ear. 

John 2:13-17  Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13 It was almost time for the festival of Pesach (Passover) in Y’hudah (Judah), so Yeshua (Jesus) went up to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). 

So then Jesus and the disciples walked from Capernaum to Jerusalem – around about 100 miles. It would be about a 3-4 day walk. 

14 In the Temple grounds he found those who were selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons and others who were sitting at tables exchanging money. 

The religious leaders had created a monopoly of the Temple trade. Before a Jew could make a sacrifice, they had to exchange the local Roman currency into their own specially minted Temple money. The exchange rate was not favorable! That then allowed the worshipper to buy the specially reared Temple animals at an exorbitant markup. Only their own Temple animals could be used for sacrifice. The Temple was the only place allowed for sacrifice, so the religious leaders had a monopoly. You had to obey the religious leaders as they could ban you from the Temple, which was the only place you could make a sacrifice for forgiveness, let alone anything else. 

15 He made a whip from cords and drove them all out of the Temple grounds, the sheep and cattle as well. He knocked over the money changer’s tables, scattering their coins; 

Now, enter Jesus, who overturned the money changers tables. He made a DIY whip form cord and drove the traders out, and ‘shooed’ the animals out too. 

16 and to the pigeon-sellers he said, “Get these things out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market?” 

He ordered the pigeon sellers to take their birds out too. 

17 (His talmidim [disciples] later recalled that the Tanakh (Scripture) says, “Zeal for your house will devour me.” ) 


This event must be significant as it came by revelation to David. (This event was prophesied, Psalm 69:7-9), and quoted by John as significant. ‘For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.’ Paul also picked up on that prophecy in Romans 15:3. God knows the future! 

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.


  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Christians are under pressure now.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse… John 2:17

(His talmidim [disciples] later recalled that the Tanakh (Scripture) says, “Zeal for your house will devour me.” ) C.J.B.

Today’s Challenge

The zeal that God approved of in the ‘Old’ & ‘New’ Testaments identified those who God chose to use to do remarkable things through; (ie the list in Hebrews 11.) James tells us to put our faith into practice with our ACTIONS. How’s your zeal coming along? Does your zeal get you out of bed in time to give God time? Maybe going to bed in time to get up in time!

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